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The Best At-Home Gym: Tonal, Peloton, Or The Mirror?

Working out at home has become the norm for millions of people. Whether it’s a quick desk detox, a yoga flow, or even a full-blown HIIT class, the ease, and convenience of a W(out)FH session isn’t going anywhere.

While YouTube, Nike, and several other brands offer fitness videos and tutorials, those looking for an interactive, more intense class structure may need to look elsewhere.

To find the perfect at-home workout solution for you, we’ve decided to score three of the most popular home gyms in the following areas: space required, genre and class offerings, quality, and price.

Here’s what we found out about The Mirror, Peloton, and Tonal:

Key Similarities:

  • All have trainer-led workouts
  • All offer live classes & group workouts so you can connect with others
  • All have finance options
  • All have at-home delivery
  • All have different genres of workout classes: boxing, cardio, yoga, etc.
  • All provide real-time, personal stats
  • All offer at least 30-day refunds

Key Differences:

  • The Mirror’s classes range from 5 - 60 minutes
  • Peloton’s classes range from 10 - 90 minutes
  • Tonal’s classes range from 10 - 60 minutes
  • The Mirror has the largest library of classes with 23 genres
  • Peloton has a range of 10 workout genres
  • Tonal has a range of 16 workout genres
  • Tonal requires 7′ x 7′ floor space, 7’ unobstructed wall space, and a ceiling height of at least 7’10”
  • Peloton Bike needs additional space for workouts done off the bike and is 59" L, 53" H x 23" W
  • The Mirror requires enough room for you to stand in front of the mirror which is 2 feet of space
  • Peloton ranges from $1,495 to $2,495 (depending on the bike or tread), Tonal is $2,745 without smart accessories (+$495), and The Mirror is $1,495

The Mirror Overview

The Mirror from Lululemon works double duty as both a sleek mirror that can fit anywhere and a nearly invisible home gym that can be hung anywhere.

Not only is The Mirror using advanced tracking technology to get to know you and provide feedback, but you’re also able to watch yourself and the instructors at the same time so you can adjust and follow perfectly.

Their Membership Plan is $39 a month and allows up to 6 household members to have individual profiles and access to all classes. The Mirror offers tens of thousands of classes per week from fitness instructors that are at the top of their game. They have over 50 genres of workouts, so whether you’re into kickboxing, dancing, or Tai Chi, there’s something for everyone.

While other home gyms are bulky and need equipment, The Mirror is neither. Using only 2’ of wall space, Mirror workouts need minimal space but still offer maximum benefits. The Mirror itself can either be hung up or stand on its own with legs.

The Mirror’s pricing begins at $1,495, and their newly launched connected weight sets can be purchased in a package along with other Lululemon products such as their famous yoga mat and a foam roller.

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Tonal Overview

Tonal’s at-home gym can be transformed into an entire weight room all from your home. They have athlete sponsors ranging from Lebron James and Steph Curry, to Maria Sharapova, and are widely known for strength training and muscle building.

It comes with adjustable arms that you can raise and lower for a full-body workout using their revolutionized dynamic weight. While the arms give you access to more movements with resistance, you can also add accessories like bars, handles, or rope for $495.

Tonal gives you access to thousands of their AI-powered live and on-demand classes. The AI workouts target you specifically through their resistance bands, so it will adjust to your movement and provide the perfect amount of weight just for you.

Tonal starts at $2,745, with the smart accessories sold separately at $495.

Peloton Overview

Much like The Mirror and Tonal, Peloton offers countless interactive live and on-demand classes. Peloton comes in two forms; while the more popular form is the bike, they also have a treadmill with a screen on top to follow along with workouts.

Peloton offers a range of different instructors, languages, fitness disciplines, durations, and intensity. The Peloton personalization team helps members develop fitness goals, plan schedules, recommend equipment add-ons, and determine level of skill or strength for each member.

Peloton products like the Bike and Tread come with additional accessories such as heart monitors, hand weights, headphones, and shoes. When purchasing the Bike, you have the option to upgrade to a package that includes dumbbells or hand weights (1, 2, or 3 pounds).

Setting up the Bike is easy with Peloton’s extensive manuals and online guides. The Bike starts at $1,495 (or $39 per month), and the Bike+ costs a little more but has a few additional features like Apple GymKit™ integration that tracks cycling workouts and syncs your metrics.

Peloton also has an app, which costs $12.99 per month+ tax, that can be connected to your television or your iPhone, giving you the ability to stream workouts.

Verdict

There really wasn’t much of a contest here between these three home-gym options. Out of all the different trainers that we tried between the three home-gyms, Mirror’s trainers kept us motivated and gave us a well rounded workout. For the price, quality, depth of content, and elegant design, The Mirror easily takes the cake.

The Mirror comes in at almost $1,000 less than other at-home gyms but packs a way harder punch. You need less space, don’t have the eyesore that other clunky at-home gyms require, and can interact with your friends and family in over 50 genres of workouts.

The ability to compete and have real-time insights into your body and those working out with you is something that pushes us harder and harder every time.

We don’t know what we love more about The Mirror - the way it makes our house look or the way it gives us that full-body burn whether we’re doing barre, a yoga flow, or even just having some family fun.

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